EP REVIEW: Kids & Heroes - “Chalet”
The release of an EP by a new band always leaves me feeling a bit apprehensive. I’m constantly looking for something that will musically hold my very short attention span. So the release of Chalet by pop-punk band Kids & Heroes was no exception. However, hearing that they’ve shared the stage with my personal favorites Propagandhi definitely made me set my mental bar a little higher. I went in expecting a very heavy punk/hardcore influence, as well as a solid vocal style. Propagandhi are good at what they do, so I expected nothing less from Kids & Heroes.
Ten seconds in and I was more than impressed. As soon as “Sidewalks” begins to play you’re met with a catchy tune that gives you the urge to move. Chalet is vocally outstanding, and while the lyrics aren’t overly complex, the simplicity works, and they manage to get their point across. They’ve definitely done their homework when it comes to borrowing certain traits from pop-punk predecessors, with a definite older Four Year Strong feel. Yet, they manage to do it in a way they make completely their own, without sounding generic or gimmick-y. I even caught a bit of an old Rancid feel when listening to “Five Houses Down” which I absolutely loved.
With the majority of the tracks being relatively short (the longest coming in at 4:32) Kids &Heroes manage to suck you in, keep you interested, and then leave you itching to hear the next song. They’ve taken the infectious nature of pop music, while still having the in your face intensity that every good punk band should master. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the songs get stuck in your head. With “Living For The Breakdown” coming in as my favorite track, I know for a fact I’ll be playing it more than a few times today.
I was both pleasantly surprised and impressed with this EP. While Kids & Heroes definitely lean a bit closer to the punk end of the pop-punk spectrum, their infectious sound will have everyone moving around and begging for more. I wholeheartedly suggest everyone keep an eye out for these guys, and give Chalet a listen, it’s more than worthy of one.
Record score: 4/5